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Bond Girl

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  3,478 ratings  ·  628 reviews
When other little girls were dreaming about becoming doctors or lawyers, Alex Garrett set her sights on conquering the high-powered world of Wall Street. And though she's prepared to fight her way into an elitist boys' club, or duck the occasional errant football, she quickly realizes she's in over her head when she's relegated to a kiddie-size folding chair with her new m...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by William Morrow
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Dianne
Bond Girl: A Novel By: Erin Duffy

This book is being advertised as “The Devil Wears Prada meets Wall Street” and that is true. In fact, it is so true that if you have already read “The Devil Wears Prada” you won’t need to use any of your free time on this book. This book is not “fresh”, not “hip” nor is it even remotely funny. It was sad and depressing and you could see the ending coming a mile away, and no I don’t mean the financial crash. The only thing you may find interesting about this book...more
Michelle
I was excited to read this book. I work in (and love) the financial services industry, warts and all. Though I’ve never worked a trading desk I did spend a decade in investment banking (her crack about bankers being too into the details, like caring way too hard about the color of a font, is funny because it’s true). My fixed income knowledge is limited to what I had to learn for the Series 7 but, still, financial instruments fascinate me, bonds, equities, whatever. Add in a few stellar reviews...more
Erin
I didn't hate this, but I was frustrated by a lot of it. The main character was pretty stupid, like any 23-24 year old, I guess. I lived in NYC and had my first job at that age as well, and I'm sure I made equally dumb decisions...I just don't want to read about them. I liked the insight into the world of finance and the reality(?) of what it's like for a woman on Wall Street. The ending made me ragey because 1) the character hinted at a new career, but didn't say what that career was. Was the c...more
Desiree
I enjoyed this overall but I had issues with the way the relationship between Alex and Will was portrayed. I'm not saying Will was not an a**hole but I just felt so uneasy watching (or should I say reading) Alex pining after him, being portrayed as this dumb ass who didn't suspect that she was being played and then acting as if her life was over in the aftermath. Seeing as she's pretty sweet and sensible, I guess I can forgive her for this so-called romantic stupidity. I was so proud of her for...more
Michael
Alex Garrett grows up dreaming of working in the financial district on Wall Street. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia, she's offered her dream job with one of the major financial players on The Street and eagerly accepts.

Only the reality turns out to be far different than the dream.

I'd heard a lot of buzz for Bond Girl both on-line and in mainstream reviews. Curious about the book, I put it on reserve and decided I'd give it a try.

And it was OK. It wasn't great but it wasn't terrib...more
Angelina
I just needed an airplane book. Because of the decent review it received from EW I was expecting it to be better than it was. I'm not expecting War and Peace with these kinds of books but could I have got a little more emotion from the protag other than crying, constant confusion and out-of-nowhere bitchiness? She kept saying she wasn't a crier and then proceeded to describe herself crying five times. She worked with a bunch of pigs; one bad moment she shrugs it off, the next she jumps down some...more
Carla-Book Monster Reviews
Erin Duffy wows us in “Bond Girl” with her wicked humor, her wit and sense of honor and duty. She is a new voice in literature to be reckoned with and her first novel has set a bar that many will not be able to match.

Alex Garrett has always been a tomboy; having more fun playing sports with the boys in the neighborhood than hanging with her girl friends. So when she decides to follow her father’s footsteps and enter the financial world of Wall Street, no one is really surprised. Her Mom was the...more
Samantha Janning
I received a copy of Bond Girl in exchange for an honest review. First off let’s talk the cover. Loved it! Are all girls wired to just adore pictures of shoes or what? Second – loved the plot. It’s not often we get a female perspective of a “Street” worker – and by that I mean Wall Street. Alex Garrett knew from quite the young age that she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and conquer the illustrious Wall Street. She lands a job at Cromwell Pierce, of the best brokerage firms on the St...more
Tina
In a word - hilarious. I did not expect a fictional account of Wall Street to be so incredibly funny. Duffy's character, Alex Garrett, has achieved her dream of working on Wall Street. Every morning, she puts on her high heels and treks off to a good 'ole boys club where she makes an incredible effort to prove herself. At first, I feared this was going to be some touchy-feely 'girl power' book and fortunately, I was wrong.

Instead, this is a character to whom both men and women can relate. From t...more
Kate Gorman
I know NOTHING about the financial world, ask the other half. He works in finances and I generally look at him like he is speaking jibberish when he talks about investments and what he does.

Here's what I know about finances. I am a librarian, I get paid and I buy more books after I pay the bills. I picked up Erin Duffy's book because it seemed like interesting chick-lit, but I will admit I was intimidated by the premise of a twenty-something female who wears shoes I just think about. And especi...more
Breakingviews
By Megan Miller

Erin Duffy’s “Bond Girl” does little to shed light on the mechanisms behind the financial collapse in 2008, although it does uphold the copious clichés about the years of excess leading to the downfall. Snapshots of sexual harassment, over-indulgence and trigger-happy traders are all par for the course in this oft-told “Devil Wears Prada” version of a female analyst’s first years on Wall Street.

While at first glorifying the world of Cromwell Pierce, the imagined mega-bank where th...more
Lydia Laceby
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

When Bond Girl popped up in my mailbox I had to read the cover to discover what it was about. Isn’t this cover fabulous!?! I’ve never been a huge shoe fanatic (somehow that’s changing – maybe all this reading about shoes in the last ten years?), but I couldn’t wait to crack this one. A girl who takes on Wall Street? In six inch stiletto’s? Bring it on!

I loved this book. Erin Duffy has a fresh, fun voice. She puts a new spin on the New York City girl – even if...more
Shannon Burton
I was so excited to read this after reading the review for "Bond Girl" in Entertainment Weekly last month. Being a financial analyst myself, I was interested to see the interworkings of Wall Street from a young female's point of view.

I enjoyed reading this book, although it was more fluffy than I had originally thought. I enjoyed the financial jargon and thought it was great that things were explained in the book (for those that aren't familiar with the financial field). I found myself rooting a...more
Heather
This is the hysterical story of Alex aka Girlie who is the new bond girl at a Wall Street firm. It's so refreshing to have a smart, likeable protagonist who remains true to herself and has fun along the way. The crazy antics of this boys' club will make you laugh so hard you'll cry... and, at times, cringe. You won't want to put it down! Highly recommend it.

Thank you to The BookReporter.com and William Morrow for this ARC.
Helen Dunn
Another silly book for brainless summer reading.

I read the whole book, which is good, but never really loved it. I was hoping for something more - more laughs, more romance, more drama - any or all of the above.

Best part of this book was how it spawned a two day FB discussion about the possibility of eating one of every snack in the company vending machine.

Borrow this or skip it.




Erin Roethe
This was a great book. I have no trouble putting books down 95% of the time, but I couldn't part with this one. It was delightful and I actually laughed out loud a couple times. I did not want Alex's story to end. Actually, I wanted to know what happened next with many of the characters. Bond Girl - Part II, hit me...... I'm giving it 5 stars for those reasons.

Alex won me over and I was in her corner the whole way. I do wish she could have interacted more with Cruella because I thought that had...more
Shannon
4.5 rating.

"I'm a large buyer of cox" HAHA. I could not stop laughing after I read that. Good book. Definitely loved all the bets they made and how they messed with each other. I liked the main girl but at times she was kind of naive. I was a little disappointed that she didn't interact with cruella more especially once she learned more. Overall good read.
Gary
A quick shortcut by which to communicate the overall feel and tone of Erin Duffy's debut novel, Bond Girl would be to say that it is something like a combination of Wall Street meets The Devil Wears Prada. It is unfair to Ms Duffy to characterize her book that way, however, as the comparison could be taken to imply that Ms Duffy consciously combined aspects of those two stories to come up with hers. All thoughts along those lines should be banished—Bond Girl is a fresh, original take on the “plu...more
Shaz Goodwin
Bond Girl starts with a prologue. Alex, 24, living in Manhattan, has woken with another hangover. We know she doesn’t feel the same about her job as she did and the inference is it’s not because of the imploding financial world but because of a ‘he’. Chapter One briefly gives information about her tomboy childhood and going into work with her father on Wall Street and from then on the reader becomes a part of Alex’ life from the time of her interview and through her working world.

The majority of...more
Beverly Diehl
3 1/2 Stars. The author has a very engaging voice, and the trip through the workplace from hell to the financial meltdown was interesting.

What I found missing was the personal. Alex chooses to work on Wall Street because her father does, and she has wanted to do with since she was a little girl. But when she does, actually, get a job on Wall Street, we don't see her communicating with or even thinking about her father very much.

When she strikes up a workplace romance, I wasn't even sure that she...more
Rose
Sometimes a girl just wants to read a light, entertaining chick lit book. This was just what I wanted & it delivered what I expected. It was an entertaining story & I liked Alex, the protagonist. She's an honest, somewhat sarcastic, career oriented female taking on a business consisting mostly of males. It was fun & a little cringe worthy to read about her experiences being one of very few females working on Wall Street & I'm ever so thankful that bonds & trades & the ent...more
Megan (Book Brats)
I was lucky to receive an ARC of this book thanks to Book Reporter (http://bookreporter.com) and after my life settled down (if you didn't know, my grandfather was in the hospital and then stayed with my family for two weeks) I finally got a chance to pick it up. I read the book in 24 hours and put all other books and my job search aside. It was that good.

BOND GIRL follows Alex, a recent college graduate who has aspired to follow in her father's footsteps and work on a financial trading floor si...more
Michelle Sallay
Originally on my blog: http://ilovedthisbook.blogspot.com

Ok, so I'm currently a little burned out on the silly YA books that I have picked up as of late so I found myself on a blog that reviews books about the older gals. I spotted a rave review of Bond Girl, so I picked it up at the library. This was an interesting read for me, because it doesn't seem to have any real plot development. It is more just random anecdotes that author Duffy might have experienced herself while working on Wall Street...more
Jeff Raymond
Embarassingly, I had gotten some interest in this thinking, based solely on title and buzz, that this was sort of a reverse Bond book. Sort of like a chick-lit-spy-thriller.

It's not.

A better comparison, as made more or less everywhere else at this point, is The Devil Wears Prada on Wall Street. It's really not a great comparison - Prada was better, and it simply boils the idea down to "female protagonist in male-dominated field novel," which really tells us more about those who are making the c...more
Max Read
“An engaging and fun read; kudos to Erin Duffy”

“Bond Girl” is a first novel for Erin Duffy in the fiction melodrama genre. Ms. Duffy graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and spent more than a decade working in fixed-income sales on Wall Street. She was last reported living in New York City.

The novel is written in the first person by the main character. The writing is not complex and is easily styled as conversational. The plot involves a smart and spunky young female colle...more
Joni Daniels
A quick read that perfectly captures the allure of a first job that is your hearts desire and what Alex Garreet, and many women I know (including my younger self) are willing to do for money, cache, and the desire to get the job done. The boss who teaches you lessons the hard way, the men (both executive and colleagues) who can make work a minefield, the women who you don't or can't connect with, the steep learning curves that come with being thrown in to things to see how you do, the pride and...more
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This book gave me an unpleasant kind of whiplash. Duffy is striving to deliver her narrative with some snark, some humor, and some practical bluntness - and usually, she succeeds. But sometimes, as when she is discussing her early upbringing and awareness of her privilege, it falls very flat. There are also asides which put me off her as a person and made her hard to relate to - one in particular about how she pities any woman over 40 who isn't married. Her worldview clearly doesn't align with m...more
Casey
DNF at 40%

Well hell… this book is not what I signed up for. Alex is not the type of female I thought I would be reading about. I mean, I forgave the overload of info given the bases of the book but I cannot forgive this girls naivety. And her ability to forget or maybe just ignore (I can’t tell which she is doing) the few simple rules her boss gave her to follow.

If she would’ve taken all the free advice that’s being thrown at her, even from bitter and angry Kate/Cruella, she wouldn’t have gotten...more
Vera
I had some laugh-out-loud moments especially when they played pranks -- "bear" part was hilarious. It was interesting to read about the financial catastrophe back in 2008 that hit the market. I like the main character, she's smart and works hard to prove herself. As a woman who works in the Finance industry I can relate to her. I even like the supporting characters - her friends and co-workers. It was a definitely a good read.
Linda
I found this book really entertaining and I hope the life of a bond girl on Wall Street isn't quite so harsh! Reminded me of Bridget Jones' Diary in some ways. Remember when you were the new kid at work? Meet Alex, a smart, hard-working girl, who gets the job done regardless of the fact that she doesn't have a desk and is being hit-on by her bosses client.
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